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lesser flamingo

lesser flamingo
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Copyright: krishnagopal Kodoth (dugulk) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 5 N: 47] (325)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot A620
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-02-20 7:27
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Points: 0
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Dead lesser flamingo

spotted at nakuru.the white stuff that you see is the natural salt deposit near the lake.

Lesser Flamingo: Phoeniconaias minor

World: Widely distributed through eastern, central and southern Africa as well as Pakistan and nw India.

Kenya: Found in vast numbers on the Rift Valley lakes, particularly those which are relatively shallow and with closed drainage.
The Lesser Flamingo rarely ranges far from the soda lakes probably because its diet is primarily Spirulina, a blue-green algae which is found in the shallows of the alkaline lakes. Smaller than the Greater Flamingo , with which it is frequently associated, the Lesser can be easily distinguished by its deep red, black-tipped bill.
At certain times of the year the birds are present in such vast numbers that, from high above the lakes, it looks as though the shore-line is composed of a broad bright pink band of sand.
In early 2000 there were a significant number of deaths among the lesser flamingo population at Lake Bogoria.

Greater Flamingo: Phoenicopterus roseus

World: Widely distributed from southern Europe to India and the east and south of the African continent (including Madagascar)

Kenya: Greatest concentrations are found along the Rift Valley soda lakes although they are also found on freshwater lakes in the Rift. Occasionally noted in coastal regions (although these sightings may represent palearctic migrants)
The species Phoenicopterus roseus is an Old-World species which is considered by some authorities to be a sub-species of the New-World Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber. The distribution given above is for P. roseus.
Both the Greater and the Lesser Flamingo are found in Kenya often in mixed groups. The Greater Flamingo is considerably bigger, 18" (46 cm), than the Lesser and has a pink bill with a black tip. A filter feeder, it preys on invertebrates which it sifts from the bottom mud. In Kenya its major breeding sites are at Lakes Natron and Elementeita where it prefers open shore or small islands.
Finally This was spotted by my friend kaushik to whom i promised a credit to include his name when i upload. This shot would not have been possible without him. you happy now kaushik?

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